News from Elsewhere: Ongoing reports of abuses at Tower Hamlets polling stations

This just in from Breitbart.  Numerous breaches of electoral rules being reported from the Islamic Republic London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Breitbart said:

TOWER HAMLETS, EAST LONDON – Tower Hamlets Council in East London has been accused of breaking its pre-election pledge to stop “enthusiastic campaigners” from standing outside polling stations, something the Returning Officer John Williams, who is in charge of electoral integrity, described as “intimidating for people”.

With voters going to the polls in the European and local elections today, Breitbart London went to the electoral district to find out just what was going on.

Yesterday the council official took to Sky News to claim that his borough had put in place some of the “most robust” systems in Britain. This included visiting houses with large number of number of registered voters, placing police at every ballot box and limiting each party to two ‘tellers’ per polling station.

However, when we toured the Stepney area, we discovered that large numbers of activists were outside almost all polling stations, crowding entrances. We witnessed them stopping voters on the way in, often blocking their route, and briefing them on who to vote for.

One local resident, who lived opposite Smithy Street School, told Breitbart London: “The big problem is people hanging around outside polling stations. When you go elsewhere there are two people, and they are very quiet.

“Across Tower Hamlets there are loads of people outside every polling station. Today I have been watching them since 8am, and they keep bothering people who are trying to vote.”

Metropolitan Police looked on as rules on interacting with voters were ignored. We spoke to police officers and Presiding Officers in charge of individual polling stations who all seemed unclear on what rules needed to be enforced. They were clearly unfamiliar with either the Representation of the People Act 1983, or guidelines by the Electoral Commission.”

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Maybe the election in TH should be declared null and void and the contest run again with much stricter controls than have been put  in place already.